VE Day Event at Dallas Holocaust Museum
Margaret Hopkovitz, a survivor of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and Melvin Waters, a liberator for the same camp, tell their stories at the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance's event, honoring the 67th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
On Wednesday afternoon, a group of about 90 people, which included holocaust survivors and World War II veterans who helped liberate concentration camps, gathered at the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance for an event recognizing the 67th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
VE day, which occurred on May 8, 1945, marks the official end of Adolph Hitler's Third Reich and is when the World War II Allies accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany's armed forces.
At the Dallas Holocaust Museum's event, several local Holocaust survivors and veterans of the war met and were interviewed about their experiences and thoughts about the Holocaust.
Melvin Waters, an 87-year-old World War II veteran who drove ambulances for American Field Services and evacuated prisoners from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, spoke at the event about his experiences and said the Holocaust shows how "cruel" some people can be to others.
When asked about what lessons should be learned from the Holocaust, Waters said, "We can't let it happen again."